I recently cut my hair in the beginning of January so I could start over and go completely natural. My hair was only 1/2 inch long when I cut it. I decided to get single medium sized braids last month (about 2 weeks ago). My hair was 1 1/2 inches long when I went into the shop. My hair growth seems to be growing according to schedule(1/2 inch per month). I just wanted to try something different so after 10 hours at the shop I walked out with beautiful braids. I advised the stylist to refrain from braiding my hair too tight around the edges to prevent thinning at my hair line and I only plan on having the braids in for no longer than 8 weeks.
As I was getting my hair braided I remember one of the stylist telling her client to wash her hair at all. How disgusting! Imagine not washing your hair for 8-12 weeks. That’s completely absurd! Black hair is dry and it needs all the moisture it can get, even when braided so I’ve come up with my own hair care regimen for braids.
- Step One: Moisturize braids daily with a good braid sheen containing water, a humercant, and an oil. If you can’t find a sheen spray that contains oil, then use a light oil spray daily as well.
- Step Two: Wash the hair weekly. Braid the braids into 6-8 sections and rinse the hair gently allowing the water to run on the scalp. Shampoo the hair gently using the finger tips to help lift and remove the dirt from the scalp. Rinse hair thoroughly and pat the hair dry. Spray on a leave in braid conditioner with little or no oil. Apply a small amount of moose and sit under a warm dryer until your braids are dry. Next you may spray the braids with a light (mineral/petroleum free) oil sheen or braid sheen again for extra shine.
- Step Three: Wear a satin scarf or bonnet at night to keep braids tight and to prevent moisture lost.
- Spray the hair with braid sheen daily. Do not spray the scalp directly to prevent buildup.
Don’t keep your braids in no longer than 2 months. Some people keep the braids in longer, but I think it’s best to remove them after 2 months to prevent the hair from matting and tangling with the braiding hair.